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Audition (1999)

Director: Takashi Miike

Truly graphic and truly gruesome, but not in a ‘Cabin Fever’ kind of way It’s a slow build up, utterly devoid of blood, until the last gruesome show down. Audition concerns widower Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), who 7 years after his wife’s death, is still alone with his son. He auditions for, essentially, a wife. His favourite, obviously, turns out to be a nutter. Cue a creepy build up until you’re allowed to really hide behind your sofa.

Possession (1981)

Director: Andrzej Zuławski.

Another cult movie that is part drama, part horror, part thriller. A young woman leaves her family in suspicious circumstances. The husband, determined to find out the truth, starts following her. At first, he suspects that a man is involved. But bizarre incidents indicate something more. Essentially, it unleashes the crazy and pretty soon they’re cutting themselves with electric knives, running through the streets covered in blood, disposing of bodies and generally being all freaky.

Cronos (1993)

Director: Gillermo del Toro

The best Mexican parasitic vampire film. An antiques dealer discovers a strange gilded beetle, which houses an immortal parasite which grants eternal life to its host. Obviously, there is a terrible price for this ‘gift’, which Gris is doomed to discover after the object anchors itself to his body. Creepiest scene? When a murdered Gris resurrects, to discover his mouth has been sewn up. Ew.

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